Women’s Rights in Islam A comparative .. FactsWomen have suffered great injustices throughout the ages; they have been deeply wronged, profoundly exploited, despite the fact that they are the mothers, the sisters, the wives, the daughters and the aunties; all of whom are the gentlest of creation and the dearest of humans to our hearts. I will project to you, dear readers, the injustices women were subjected to in the olden and in modern times, then I will shed the lights on the mercy bestowed by the Lord of the worlds on women, and how He has honored them and elevated their status. So, please stay with me until the end. Chapters of Shame: It is shamefulthat humanity was not treating women as human beings. All past civilizationsexercised various types of torture, injustice and oppression onwomen. AncientGreeks described ‘the woman’ as the poisoning tree and described her as being filthmade by Satan. She used to be sold as acommodity. Romans said she had no soul and, as a sort of torture, theypoured hot oil over her. She used to be dragged by horses until death.Chinese described her as the painful water, which takes away happiness, and that a Chinese has the right to bury his wife alive and, if he dies hisfamily will be entitled to inherit her as part of his legacy. Indians described her as worsethan death, hell, poison, snakes, and fire. The woman had no right to live afterher husband's death; and they claimed that she should be burned with him. Persianspermitted the marriage of the unmarriageable women with no exception, and it wasallowed for a Persian to sentence his wife to death! Jews described heras a curse because she was the reason of seduction; that she was dirty when inmenstruation and they permitted her father to sell her. In Christianity: The French held a conference in 586 AD to determine if the woman could beconsidered human or not, and whether she had a soul or not. If she had a soul, they asked was it a human’sor an animal’s soul? And if it were a human’s soul, was it at the same level as that of a man’s or at a lowerlevel? They finally decided that she was human, but she wascreated only to serve the man. The English parliament issued a decree during the reign of Henry the 8th, which banned women from reading the New Testament because they were sullied and dirty. Luther, the head of the Protestants (which make up the majority of the American population today) said, “If women tire, or even die; all this doesn’t matter. Let them die during birth, for this is the reason they were created”. And when the anesthetization was introduced for childbirth in 1847, the church objected to it being used. It claimed that God said, in the holy book, to Eve after committing the sin and eating from the forbidden tree, “With pain shall you give birth”; as if to say, “how could we have mercy on women, when God has decided that she suffers during birth? We then have to help God in his revenge on women !!” Before Islam, Arabs used to bury the newborn baby girlsalive or throw them into a well in a very brutal manner. Women's rights in the world's conscience in figures To exercise injustice over the weakness of women, here is where manhood has been marred. Where is the so-called manhood when tyranny is exercised over women? Let the figures speak for themselves about the conscience of the civilized world from China to America! Statistics indicate that one out of every three girls aged 14 years, is subjected to rape; there are half a million American rape cases yearly; 61% of American girls lose their virginity before the age of 12 and studies show that four million American women get beaten each year at the rate of one every 15 seconds. The Times Magazine published a report on incidents of beatings that American wives encounter, and stated that between 2000 to 4000 wives get beaten to death. The ‘Women Institute’ in Madrid, Spain, revealed a set of staggering statistics about America alone… Let us have a look: - In 1980 there were 1,553,000 abortions, 30% of this is for women under twenty years of age, while police reports state that the real figure is three times this number. So, I murmured, “approximately 5 Million!” - In 1982, 80% of the women who had been married for over 15 years had divorced. - In 1984, about 8 Million women live alone with their kids without any external support. - In 1986, 27% of the citizens live off women’s expenses! - In 1982 there were 65 rape cases for every 10 thousand women, and in 1995, 82,000 rape crimes were committed, of these 80% were committed within the family and amongst friends, while police reports confirm that the real figure is 35 times this number! So, I murmured to myself, “this would make 82000 X 35 = 2,870,000! Note that that was twelve years ago! - In 1997 according to the associations defending women’s rights, a woman gets raped every 3 seconds, while the official authorities denied this claim saying that this figure is too exaggerated and that the correct figure is one every 6 seconds! So, I murmured, “that would be 10 cases every minute! And if multiplied by 60, the figure would be 600 rape cases in one single hour! And 600X24 = 14,400 rape cases a day, and so on to reach a round figure of 5,184,000 for the whole year! And, if we base our calculation on the associations’ estimated figures, this number would exceed 10 Million rape cases in this jungle! - In 1997, statistics reported that some 4000 women get killed each year by their husbands or by those whom they live with, 74% of the elderly and poor are women and 85% of those live alone without any support or assistance. - From 1979 to 1985 Latin American women who migrated to USA, had secret operations operated on them, which turned them barren, without their knowledge! - From 1980 to1990 there were nearly one million women working in prostitution in USA, and in 1995 the total income from prostitution institutions and their marketing agents reached US$ 2500 Million! to be continued..